This might come as no surprise, but body language plays an important factor in interviews. Granted, a tech interview is probably not like a modeling interview where looking the part is also half the interview process, but I’m not referring to the philosophy of “dress for success”. I’m talking about the way you carry yourself when you enter a room, how you sit at a desk, whether you cross your arms or if your eyes drift during the interview. Regardless of whether or not the interview is by phone, Skype or in-person, it’s important to be aware of your body language.
In a Skype interview earlier today I was speaking to a candidate about a Business Analyst opportunity. The candidate was responding to text messages on their smartphone at the same time I was asking technical questions. This took their focus away from the interview and impaired their ability to show me that they were truly interested in the job. Based on the candidate’s body language, it appeared that they were more interested in their text conversation than the job opportunity. It’s important to keep in mind that during an interview you should keep your arms uncrossed, face the person you’re speaking with and stay engaged in the conversation. Do not get distracted by other factors that could diminish your chances of making a good impression.
When I was at a technology job fair this past month all of the interviews were held in-person. It was great to see candidates so enthusiastic about the opportunity to interview. Their excitement was clearly conveyed by their body language communication style. They kept their body turned in my direction, kept their eyes and attention on me and they showed true interest in the interview process. Even with several people passing nearby and the noise factors of other conversations, each candidate stayed focused, asked questions, and responded with details.
Interviewing is all about mind set and focus. Someone once said “If you want to go somewhere all you need to do is point your body in the right direction and start walking”.
Author: Dr. Eduardo Diaz, helping you exceed expectations.